Top positive review
Good, but it could be better :)
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
This is a good book, I just wish Rob Buyea hadn't done so much talk about puberty. It was alright for the older age range, but cuts off all under about 12. I liked it, and the first one, but I don't know if others will.
For those of you who read the 1 and 2 star reviews and saw the complaints, they were true. But this book is for girls ages 12-14. The first one, "Because of Mr. Terupt," was for boys and girls ages like 9-12 but this second one talks about first kisses, bras, boobs, and periods, so obviously boys aren't going to be happy with that. What I don't understand is how a guy author wrote about this stuff, I mean he acted like he'd been through it. And surprisingly he knew how 12 yr old girls feel about boys and friends. But he exaggerated a LOT about boobs and periods. At least I have never wished my boobs were bigger, or stuffed my bra, and I never ever WANTED my period. I dreaded it for the longest time, and I still do whenever it's that time of the month. That's not all that girls that age think about, so Lexie was over the top. Also Lexie was super excited to get her period, and I'm sorry, but Danielle was waaaay more realistic with this.
I do wanna say that this book alternates chapters between 7 kids, 4 girls and 3 boys, Anna, Jessica, Lexie, Danielle, Luke, Peter, and Jeffery. So before you say that oh it should be fine cause there are 3 boys parts, no. The girls' chapters are longer, and more detailed. I mean the only 'guy' thing that they ever said was 'at least you don't pee standing up like I do' to a girl. (They were teasing each other).
Oh btw they make references to lots of good books, and the ones I haven't read I'm gonna go read and you should too. But I'm just gonna tell you DON'T go read "Are You There, God, Its Me Margaret." That book is dumb, inappropriate even for older kids like me. It's not a good book AT ALL and all the girl cares about is boobs, her appearance, getting boys to like her, kissing, and her period. Don't let the title fool you like it did me, I'm religious and was expecting something with a little more meaning.
But anyway THIS book is great. I'm going to write a list of stuff that parents of younger kids might not like:
3. Talk about periods (as I already mentioned)
4. Abandoned baby on the side of the road
5. First kiss
6. Hanging out in abandoned houses (which they got in trouble for and stopped)
7. Teenage pregnancy (Anna's mom, not one of the main characters)
8. If you're a super protective parent, then divorce might be on your list
9. Some talk about boobs, and stuffing bras.
But all that bad stuff (the drugs, vodka, and hanging out in abandoned houses) is not done by the main characters but by these older kids who completely turn around by the end of the book.
But anyway Rob Buyea did an okay job with this one, even though I did like the first better, just wish the kids were older. In this book they are 12, in the first they are 11. I am 13 and I liked both although the 1st was better. My mom isn't going to let me read the third though, so I guess it's kinda bad. That's sad, because Rob could've made this series a really good one (I'm not saying that it's not).
If you are looking for another good book to read you should try "11 Birthdays" by Wendy Mass or any of her other books; or "Wake Up Missing" by Kate Messner. If you're a little younger you might like "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio (by younger I mean like 10 or 11), if you're a little older you might like "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli, or "Double Identity" by Margaret Peterson Haddix. For a more meaningful read I absolutely love "One For The Murphy's" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Sorry, thats a lot of books, but I hope I helped :D